Archive for the ‘Directors – Jane Campion’ Category

Happy Birthday to Me (2017)

November 16, 2017

No, I’m not 2017 years old. I just feel like it some days. I’m in the air on my birthday this year. I thought it might be fun to post something like this:

If you really love me, you’ll watch a film by at least one of these directors sometime in November:

Alfred Hitchcock
Andrea Arnold
Andrew Haigh
Barbara Streisand
Cheryl Dunye
Christopher Guest
Dee Rees
Derek Jarman
Douglas Sirk
Eytan Fox
Ferzan Ozpetek
Glenn Gaylord
Gurinder Chadha
Ilene Chaiken
Ingrid Jungermann
James Ivory
Jill Soloway
John Cameron Mitchell
John Greyson
John Sayles
John Waters
Kenneth Lonergan
Lisa Cholodenko
Lisa Gornick
Lynne Ramsay
Mike Leigh
Mira Nair
Nicole Holofcener
Pedro Almodovar
Peter Paige
Rikki Beadle Blair
Robert Altman
Spike Lee
Stephen Frears
Susan Seidelman
Todd Haynes
Tom McCarthy
Ventura Pons
Xavier Dolan

It’s good to have choices.


‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman Protect Their Own in Jane Campion’s Sequel (Indiewire)

May 12, 2017

Oooh, Top of the Lake is coming back with a Season 2! This time Elizabeth Moss stars with Nicole Kidman. I can’t wait for this one! From Indiewire,

It’s been four years since we last saw Elisabeth Moss’ Detective Robin Griffin, and it looks like quite a bit has changed. New faces and a new case dominate the first trailer for “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” Jane Campion’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed limited series.

Moss returns as Griffin, a mother still reeling from giving up her daughter at birth, and in a disconcerting twist, Nicole Kidman plays Mary’s adoptive mother.

“Top of the Lake: China Girl” premieres in September on SundanceTV. Episodes will be made available via Hulu the day after they air.

Read Reel Charlie’s review of Top of the Lake: Season 1
Read the full article on Indiewire

Mr and Mr Ben Whishaw! (The Film Experience)

August 4, 2013

Buzz around the media today on actor Ben Whishaw (The Hour) who not only came out, but confirmed he’s been married to composer Mark Bradshaw for the past year.  From The Film Experience,

Here’s a cute trivia note that too few sites will mention: Bradshaw scored Whishaw’s rare romantic leading man gig in Bright Star (2009) where the actor played the poet John Keats. Good god that movie is underappreciated… except for here at TFE where it won multiple nominations in its year. If it brought them together it’s even more lovely in retrospect.

Bradshaw recently scored the Emmy-nominated miniseries Top of the Lake (it’s mesmerizing – watch it!)

Read the entire article.
Read Reel Charlie’s reviews of The Hour and Top of the Lake.
Congrats to the messy-haired gentlemen.

Ben Whishaw

Top of the Lake

May 28, 2013

top of the lakeOutstanding short series from the BBC and Sundance Channel, creators Jane Campion (The Piano) and Gerard Lee bring us Top of the Lake.  I know I’m in for a rare treat when about a 1/2 hour into a program, I think to myself, “what is this?”  Enthralled I sat in awe of this seven part mini-series about a police detective (Elizabeth Moss) who comes home to Queenstown, New Zealand to visit her dying mother.  While there, she gets pulled into a missing person’s case involving a pregnant 12-year old girl who is the daughter of the local drug lord.  To say this is a fusion of Twin Peaks and Prime Suspect doesn’t exactly do it justice.  It’s certainly of the same caliber as the two classic shows.  But it’s a creation brand-new and has so many creative twists which make you sit in wonder during the 350 minutes.  The overarching theme is the struggle between men and women.  Not an easy task to undertake, but it’s done effortlessly in every scene. Elizabeth Moss nails the New Zealand accent so perfectly, I had to look her up to make sure she wasn’t a transplant to the U.S.  She’s not, she’s just an excellent actor.  If you were getting bored with Peggy on Mad Men, you’ll be enthralled by Moss’s performance here.  Surrounding her are an outstanding cast featuring David Wenham (her boss), Peter Mullan (the drug lord), and Thomas M. Wright (her unlikely love interest).  If Zodiac didn’t pass the Bechdel Test, Top of the Lake gets an A+.  Top of the Lake is told from a women’s perspective.  From the opening episode, a commune of women grieving loss and recovering from trauma take over a remote part of the town called Paradise.  Holly Hunter plays perhaps one of the best roles of her life as GJ, the group’s spiritual leader.  Every time Hunter is on-screen, I found myself uttering a slight gasp.  She is physically transformed in the role.  Robin Nevin who plays Robin’s (Moss) mother is also outstanding.  That’s the thing about the physicality of Top of the Lake.  They somehow transformed these actors into brilliant representations of what quirky, small-town characters look like in today’s world.  Hair, make-up, costumes all of it was right on the mark.  I couldn’t believe how authentic everyone looked.  It reminded me so much of the rural funkiness of the Hudson Valley.  Who knew these looks were international?  The scenery in New Zealand is breathtaking.  It’s truly the end of the world.  The score pitch perfect.  This is not a feel-good series. It’s dark and sad, but wrapped in a beauty and hope that is truly unique.  I can’t say enough about Top of the Lake.  It’s probably not for everyone.  But if you crave bold choices and experimental successes, run to Netflix where Top of the Lake is currently streaming.  It’s complex, ethereal, haunting, spiritual, gritty television.  A perfect 5.  Thank you, Ms. Campion.

Hat tip to my dear friend Julia who alerted me to the existence of this marvel.

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